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Lisf2018 Event1-Clarendonians,DoreenShaffer, OtisGayle +more

March 29, 2018 @ 6:00 pm - 11:00 pm UTC+0

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The London Intl Ska Festival 30th anniversary -day 1
Event 1 of 16 – Thursday 29th March 2017
– Francesco Ruderoma Nembokid
– & more tba
plus free entry to the club night starring
– Gladdy Wax sound system & friends

Doors 6pm-11pm (club night 11pm-3am)
* free entry for LISF2018 wristband holders

Age policy: 8+ allowed with adult. Under 14s must be accompanied at all times by an adult.


The London Intl Ska Festival celebrates it’s 30th anniversary next Easter (29 March – 1 April 2018), with a phenomenal line up of all things ska, rocksteady, reggae, dub, 2 tone and beyond.
Day 1 see’s a world exclusive Studio One special featuring legendary names from one of Jamaica’s greatest labels;

The Clarendonians
Formed in 1963 by Ernest Wilson and Peter Austin, in the Clarendon Parish of Jamaica, The Clarendonians recorded their debut single A Day Will Come for Leslie Kong and Federal Records, before coming to the attention of Studio One boss and producer Clement Dodd. While they were still in their early teens they recorded a series of chart-topping Jamaican singles for Studio One including; Rudie Gone a Jail, Sho Be Do Be, Rudie Bam Bam, You Can’t Be Happy, Darling Forever and You Can’t Keep a Good Man Down. Dodd expanded the group to a trio with the addition of a seven-year-old Freddie McGregor (who had to stand on a crate to reach the microphone). In the late ‘60s Austin, Wilson and MacGregor went they’re separate ways, with the later becoming one of the biggest names in reggae.

Doreen Shaffer
Widely regarded as the ‘Queen of Jamaican Ska’, Doreen Shaffer is one of the greatest female voices from Jamaica. She launched her career with a debut single Adorable You in 1964 for Studio One, where she also voiced numerous songs for the world’s original ska band The Skatalites, who she has continued to tour the world with to this present day. Her beautiful lushes voice also found her recording many duets with some of the islands best male singers; Jackie Opel, Slim Smith, Johnny Clarke and Lloyd Charmers.

Otis Gayle
Born January 28, 1946 in Kingston, Gayle, singer, songwriter and veteran Studio One artiste, began his musical career as a vocalist with Byron Lee and the Dragonaires. While he continued to perform as part of the Dragonaires, Gayle also recorded a series of solo hits, notably a covers version of I’ll Be Around and Lady for Clement ‘Sir Coxson’ Dodd at Studio One, marking him as one of Jamaica’s standout singers. This is a super rare opportunity to see Mr. Gayle.

The Jamaican born, Studio One signed, singer supreme Alpheus makes his UK debut! Alpheus was discovered by Tony Brevett of the famed vocal rocksteady group ‘The Melodians’ who introduced him to legendary Clement Dodd at Studio One in New York in 1997, where he recorded his debut album Quality Time. Following years of touring USA and playing most major festival on the European continent Alpheus teamed up with producer Roberto Sanchez. Their collaboration has produced a trilogy of beautifully authentic ska, rocksteady and early reggae albums. The third of which will be out in Spring 2018 on Liquidator Records.

CLUB NIGHT: 11pm-3am
Lone Ranger ft. Soul Stereo on the mighty Gladdy Wax sound system
(free entry to day 1 gig ticket holders & LISF2018 wristbands)

Lone Ranger
Lone Ranger launched his prolific recording career at Studio One, and went onto record nine albums between the late 70’s to mid-80s, for GG’s, Techniques, Greensleeves and of course Studio One, where he had a massive hit with ‘Love Bump’ and superb debut album On The Other Side of Dub. His lyrical inventiveness saw his 1980 album ‘Barnabas Collins’ hit number one on the UK reggae charts, while his 1981 ‘Rosemarie’ and 1982 ‘Hi-Yo, Silver, Away! on Greensleeves, both charted on the UK indie charts (reaching number 29 and 19 respectively). Killer tune galore have littered Lone Rangers career. Tune’s like; The Answer, Badder Dan Dem, Now the Gate Fly and the aforementioned Love Bump and Barnabas Collins.

Soul Stereo
Selector for Lone Ranger for the envying will be his long time collaborator Fatta of Soul Stereo. The Soul Stereo Sound launched in Paris in November 1998 by Fatta & Reeko. They’ve since gone onto host thousands of shows including; Johnny Osbourne, Carlton Livingston, Luciano, Morgan Heritage, Bitty McClean, U-Roy, Alton Ellis, Dawn Penn, U Brown, Max Romeo, Dennis Alcapone, and many more.

Gladdy Wax sound system
The legendary Gladdy Wax is quite simply one of the UK’s most highly respected sound system operators and selectors. He has been running his own sound system for 5 decades now. Starting out on Birmingham’s Quaker City sound in the 1970s, complete with his trade mark white gloves, has become a bastion of Notting Hill Carnival and regularly DJs all over the world. With the mighty Gladdy Wax sound system / full rig in situ for the duration of the evening prepare for a Studio One selection of the finest order from Gladdy.


O2 Academy Islington
N1 Centre
London, N1 0PS GB
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